My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The unrelenting pace of the first person narrative of this story, plus the incentive to finish it and return the book to the second-hand stand of the hotel rather than add to my baggage weight, meant that I read the 448 pages in a little over a day.
Hays Baker literally runs at four times the speed of Usain Bolt, who is only human after all. You’ll understand that little joke when you’ve read the first few paragraphs.
There are lots of twists and turns, right up until the last page. It is skillfully written, employing a tactic that was told to me by novelist Sue Moorcroft: leave each chapter with a cliff-hanger. It worked for me. I had to read on.
It’s a good story, and uniquely creative as far as I know. Perhaps somebody will contradict me on that one. I don’t really care as I enjoyed it and I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend it.